Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mix and Match Target Bedding

I love bedding. As a kid and teen I always wanted to redo my bedroom and new bedding would consistently be on my birthday wish list... Is that normal? Probably not.. I go through phases where I'll make our bed everyday and then times where all the pillows are sitting on our dresser for weeks at a time because the bed stays unmade. In the last couple of years though, I've changed the way I make up the bed and I love it so much and thought I'd share.

I did away with all of the extra pillows that we don't actually sleep with. No euro shams, no fancy match-with-the-quilt pillows...no no. We have our king sized pillows with pillow cases that match our sheets and then, instead of the fancy pillows AKA the pillows that live on the floor or dresser every night I bought a $10 pair of coordinating pillow cases that give our bed extra color, and added layer but no extra job for me when making the bed because we each sleep with our two pillows. So instead of 2 or 3 huge pillows on the floor every night, the only thing we don't use is the throw pillow in the front. That fringed pillow actually lives in our living room but I didn't take an updated photo because....the bed isn't made. Naturally.  Maybe you don't care at all about picking up a couple extra pillows, but that little change makes me feel so much happier. No extra fluff. Just the essentials. P.S. I know that absolutely none of this is essential. In this little business I started, I'm aware of how blessed we are and that none of this is actually important when compared to pretty much anything else. God is good and the difference between needs and wants are never lost on me.

dreamy mix and match patterned bedding from Target

For a few years now, I've bought all of our sheets from target. I love their threshold sheet sets. The patterns and colors are so good and the set on our bed now has to be the softest set of sheets I've ever had. I never want to let them go. The grey buffalo check isn't available anymore but the yellow cases are here. And the quilt set is here.

I think the thing that's so fun lately are the trend of printed sheets. I love the idea of having this fun pattern hidden underneath a plain or, in our case, very loud quilt. It's like unwrapping a fun present every night. It's the little things, people...

One of the guest rooms at my parents house has target bedding. I found the throw pillow on clearance at TJ Maxx and based the bedding colors off of it.  At some point, another layer of pillows or a smaller throw at the bottom will make it look even more dressed. Once I finish outfitting this room, I'll show you more pictures.

dreamy mix and match patterned bedding from Target

This blanket is such a great weight and I love the colors. To me, this bed is light and airy for summer. When it actually starts getting cooler outside, I'd make this room look warmer for fall and winter by unfolding the cover at the end and actually layering it on the bed, then putting a down quilt folded at the foot of the bed. More layers, more plush, more cozy.


I thought it would be fun to do a little online bedding shopping. I mixed and matched sheets and pillows and quilts for the making of an awesome new bed. **I've used affiliate links here. This is no extra cost to you but I earn a small percentage of the sale.**


dreamy mix and match patterned bedding from Target

I love the floral sheets with the mix of the geometric pillow cases. The quilt is more of a masculine color but has a paisley looking quilt pattern then the floral pillow is a pretty touch of feminine and a great pop of accent colors. Also, I'm all about fun flannel sheets. Ours are grey with white trees on them. I need NOT-serious in my life.

PS for easy pattern mixing, go for different sizes like a big print and a small print and then mix florals (organic like my trees) with geometric prints. Those are the easiest tips to share. It can get tricky when you add more pattern but that's a good start.

dreamy mix and match patterned bedding from Target


Do you like my amazingly cheesy / punny bedding titles? Those came straight out of my brain. You're welcome.

I love quilts as you can tell. That's a more recent discovery too. I like their weight and that they can be layered and I like how they lay flat and don't get all wrinkly like duvets or comforters.
dreamy mix and match patterned bedding from Target


I added artworks in each picture too because I liked the idea of showing how the bedding could relate to other things in the room. Moral of the story? Don't be afraid to mix it up and try something new. If you like the bedding that you have but want to mix it up, try a printed pillow case as a way to give it a quick change without much cost.  If you want bedroom design help, I could do so much more. Rugs, more art, curtains....I could make you a haven. Just ask! : )

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DIY Dictionary Page Wall

Welcome back! If you've been to our house or follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen our dictionary page wall.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

It was this picture that got shared by a few other accounts and some questions asked that made me realize that I finally need to do a tutorial on this. It was so easy and quick and really the project came out of laziness and not wanting to remove the wall paper that was underneath. And then it turned into my favorite wall. So, I bring you 'how to temporarily (or not so temporarily) cover ugly wall paper'.

A couple things first. I think a wall like this only works in small doses. I love it because it already had paneling half way up and the space that would actually be filled with pages was pretty small for a large impact.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

It's held up well after 8 years but I wouldn't have put it in a space that would be prone to traffic or kids or moisture. It would be great for a small nook, a wall at the end of a hallway, above old paneling in a dining room...

 Ok so now for this super easy tutorial.

Things you'll need:
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a large dictionary (mine was thrifted and had thin pages)

a paint brush (I use this kind for every painting project)

polyurethane

scissors for cutting around the edges of the built in. I didn't even cut the pages out of the book. There are ripped edges all over the wall.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

Ok, the first thing I did was go through the dictionary and found words that meant something to us (like marshmallow in the picture below. For obvious reasons) and pages with pretty pictures. I didn't spend much time on it. Just quickly browsed. Also, I decided to keep the pages in alphabetical order. So after I found a few 'A' pages, I went on so that I could make it through the whole alphabet.


Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I grabbed more pages than I needed so that once I started the process of hanging them, I wouldn't have to go back and get more pages.

Do you spy the unicorn? Every wall needs a unicorn.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I started in the top left hand corner of the wall and chose a left side page (so that the straight edges would fit into the corner).  I painted polyurethane straight onto the wall then pressed the page into the poly.  I made sure to wipe from the center to the edges to try and get all the air bubbles out from under the page. I immediately painted back over the page, gluing it down. This is why I like the thin pages of a dictionary instead of regular book pages. They are easier to get to lay flat and less likely to get bubbly underneath. I didn't know this beforehand. Happy accident.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I should also say that we have added thicker crown molding in here since I did this project so that's why there is overlap.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I went all the way down the far left side first and then layered pages on top. I wanted it to be organic looking. I didn't want pages to be level with one another and I didn't want every page to overlap the last so I layered some pages over more than half of the page before it.

Ok, 'page' is officially not looking like a word anymore. Know what I mean? Hate it when that happens..

When I got to the bottom of the wall, close to the trim, I just cut a straight line, then laid the page down from the bottom so that it butted up to the trim as closely as possible.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

With the trim around the built in I just used right hand pages so that the straight edges were against the wall. I cut some of the pages up the center so that the organic layering stayed organic.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

When I was done covering the whole wall, I applied a touch up layer of polyurethane. The light would catch areas that were more matte than the areas covered well with poly. The whole project took me a couple hours tops.

It truly is the only thing in our house that hasn't changed since I did it. The stuff on the wall has changed but I love this wall. It's clean and bright and neutral. Like I said, it has ripped pages and some bumps and wrinkles. It's imperfectly perfect. I love it!

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

What about you? Do you have a temporary DIY in your house that has ended up being a favorite? Do you want to know about the feather art? Let me know in the comments below.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Adding Color to our Neutral Bathroom

Hope your Labor Day was great! We enjoyed the long weekend at home. I started on a few projects I'll share here soon. The girls made messes. And thanks to the hubs, the yard looks wonderful. It's still hot here but just the fact that we're entering in to fall, makes my heart happy. It's, by far, my favorite time of year. Jeans, cardigans, football, chili.....the list goes on and on. Happy momma.

Enough about glorious fall. I've shown you our master bathroom and talked about the choices we made when we underwent the renovation. We love the space but I had been craving color in there for a while. I felt like the room was too pretty for the rest of our house. I'm not saying the rest of our house isn't pretty but the rest of our house is thrifted and more pulled together and the bathroom was more polished looking and polished looking isn't as much my thing. Does that make sense?

Neutral Bathroom | House Homemade

I had had my eye on this beaut from RugsUSA for a while. I love the bright pops of color with the vintage look. $60 is such a great price, plus I knew I'd use it somewhere else if it didn't work in the bathroom. Determined.


I am a rug hoarder and I am constantly justifying the "need" for new rugs. Like here. And here. I JUST LOVE THEM! I wouldn't spend $60 on really ANYTHING else. Scratch that too. I actually just bought one of these. What has gotten into me?! Turning over a new leaf. (once)

Colorful Update to Neutral Bathroom | House Homemade

So what do you think? I love it! It's still light and bright but now just has a bit more personality. Exactly what I wanted. I kept the same towels that we love and moved the hand towels in from the girls bathroom makeover. Those are actually dyed with RIT dye. Remember, I love that stuff too.  At some point, I might replace those hand towels with these.
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Turkish towels are so soft and have tassels so need I say more?

I got the Zz plant from IKEA. $8. My mom said she found same size at a nursery for $30. No, no...ain't nobody got time for that. I stuck it in a thrifted basket and I think they are great for this room that doesn't get much bright light. The bamboo candle holder was thrifted and painted white after the mister said it was a no-go in its original 70's brown. We'll see if this makes the cut...

Colorful Update to Neutral Bathroom | House Homemade

For the glass front cabinet, I added a few red boxes that we already had elsewhere in the house. It just gives this space a little extra to look at.


I'm so happy with the added punch of color in here. It was $60 well spent. They definitely have two different looks and made for a pretty dramatic difference.

Colorful Update to Neutral Bathroom | House Homemade

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Farmhouse Tour and Sources

First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all the cheers and congrats I got when I posted on facebook that our house was on Apartment Therapy. I appreciated it all. Really, all I did was submit some pictures and wait to see if they accepted it. And they DID! I'm working on being brave and putting myself out there as far as House Homemade goes. That includes posting to social media and actually telling people that I have decorating/ styling business. I shouldn't be nervous to say that but it sounds way fancier than just saying "I love to decorate" and the fanciness part of it makes me nervous. Anyway, I'm excited by what I'm doing and thankful for support. God is good and I'm thankful to be in a position to try something new.  Now, back to regularly scheduled programming.

My parents' farmhouse is done. They've been moved in for 4ish weeks and it's looking great! Everything is moved in and most spaces are decorated. I mentioned it on my Instagram feed last week but I'll say it again. For a person who loves finding bargains, it's really hard to finish a room in one fell swoop. There are walls that need a little more polish but when you don't like to pay more than $10 for ANYTHING (that's right, even when it's not my money...), it's hard to throw that stuff together quickly. That being said. It's a pretty amazing looking house.

We went there last weekend and I took some pictures to hold you over until I have more to show.

When you walk in, there's a big entry way that leads into the living room/ dining room/ kitchen.

Eclectic farmhouse tour: Entry way | House Homemade

The lantern light can be found here. The rug is an antique from my moms Nana. I have 2 others at my house. I think at some point, the mirror below will be painted some kind of creamy grey. The art is my parents wedding invitation. The frames were wood with yellowish mats and I just took them apart and sprayed the mat and the frame flat black (psssttttt... you can do that. Spray paint and mat and a frame if it needs some updating. Such a quick and inexpensive improvement.) A stack of books and a clearance globe from TJ Maxx and this space is done. The barn doors in the reflection go into my dad's office. The doors are beautiful, the office though...... it needs time. Sorry dad. Love you. ; )

Eclectic farmhouse tour: Entry way | House Homemade

After walking through the entry way, this is their view. Big windows, big doors, big trees. It's beautiful! The curtains are called Birdwatcher by Richloom and they are thick and heavy. The colors are beautiful greys and taupes which was perfect for this room.  We didn't want curtain rods in here because the house is on land and the view is too good. I gathered them in the back, clipped them with these ring clips and hung them on the wall with push pins.

The chair on the left is IKEA along with the botanical pillow on the right. The amazing chair on the right was found at HomeGoods.

The wall color is Sherwin Williams' Alpaca, the trim is Alabaster and the dark grey doors and built ins are Urbane Bronze.
Eclectic farmhouse tour: Living room | House Homemade
The rug is Rugs USA Bosphorus Floral Ornament.

The shelves were filled mainly with things they already had. We based the fireplace wall from Thrifty Decor Chick. We loved everything about hers. I'll share close ups at some point. Promise.
Eclectic farmhouse tour: Living room | House Homemade

Behind the living room, along the same bird curtain wall, is the dining room table. The light is from Lowes. The bench, a clearance find at World Market. The prints on the back wall were downloaded for free from here and printed out at Staples for around $15 for the pair. After frames from Hobby Lobby, that big impact wall was maybe $75. My parents already had the chairs and I sprayed them all flat black. The table was made locally by someone I found on Facebook. If you live in the DFW metroplex, it was Ross Rustic Tables
Eclectic farmhouse tour: Dining room | House Homemade

The last little piece I'll show you today is the tiny little hallway that you can see over to the right of the dining room. While the rest of the house is very neutral, we decided to have this space and the laundry room painted SW Artichoke. It's such a pretty color and I love that it's visible from the main space. I made a little corner gallery wall in there. My parents had so many framed pictures, it was a good place to put some that might not have made the cut alone.

Eclectic farmhouse living room tour: Hallway Gallery Wall | House Homemade

It's a beautiful house. I can't wait to show you more. I'm so thankful to my parents for giving me the opportunity to decorate their dream home.  If you have any questions about anything I might have left out, just ask in the comments below. Also, sign up to get my posts via email (it's over on the right hand sidebar) or make sure you check back for more pictures, very soon!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Clearance Baskets Makeover

WELP! The big kid is officially in elementary school. Our big kindergartner did great. I did great too until my sweet baby Nickerbean cried about missing her big sister. They were the sweetest, big ole tears. "Here sweetie, TAKE ALL THE DONUTS. Momma will do WHATEVER you want all week long." That's her best friend. I pray they only grow closer. (while breaking up lots of fights obviously)

Since summer is ending, and we've been getting cooler weather...as in 94 degrees instead of 104...stores are clearing out their spring and summer decor and a couple weeks ago, I scored these plastic coated metal baskets at Hobby Lobby for 80% off. I loved the little wavy line detail at the tops and for less than $2 a piece, (I think maybe less than $1.50 but I can't remember so I'll round up) I would have picked these up even if I had no clue where I'd use them.



The pink is cute but I decided I wanted to use these on my parents' open shelving in their farmhouse kitchen so pink really isn't an option. Side note: I will be sharing pictures and sources for their house very soon. It's beautiful if I do say so myself.

I used a couple spray paints that we already had on hand to give them an old, metal look. You can go purchase spray paint for around $5 a can but could also just use any craft paint that you have at home for the same look. It might just take longer to apply coats and get good coverage.

I started by using metallic silver. Like I said, my parents had this one in their garage. I don't have a favorite spray paint brand or anything and I wasn't super worried about the finish because I toned it down with black later, anyway.

After one coat, I let them dry and flipped them over for another coat.


I NEVER wait the suggested amount of time for spray painted things to dry. I'm just a rebel...also, I have no patience. I'm sure it helps the paint cure better, especially for stuff that will really get use. These will just serve as something pretty to look at, I don't think it matters too much.


After those coats, I used flat black (I used a LOT of flat black spray paint in decorating for their house.) for a very light, spotty coat over each basket. I sprayed in just enough spots to tone down the shininess of the silver and make them look a bit more aged.


I love the way they turned out! I used them both on the open shelving in the kitchen. They don't stand out, they just look like old baskets.  They're exactly what I was going for.


This one holds extra kitchen towels. The tea cups are from my parents' china set from their wedding. The round basket was thrifted and the green finial thing was from my house. On the bottom shelf, I filled in an empty space with a picture of the girls picking peaches. The green bottle was clearance from Hobby Lobby and the heavy glass pitcher was on sale 50% AT a thrift store. Yes, sales at the thrift store too.

Most of the stuff on this shelf was already owned. On the bottom shelf, the basket holding the dish towels was thrifted, then the metal basket. That was all I bought for this side.


The baskets were a quick, easy project and work so well up here. It wasn't until recently that I ever realized that you could change things that were brand new. Mind blown.  I change old stuff all the time but it never dawned on me to change new things. Clearly, with a project coming in at $2, I've jumped right in and won't ever turn back..... That might be an exaggeration but it is good to remember that you don't have to see/ buy ANYTHING for your house exactly as is (if you don't want to). Change it however you can to meet your needs. Like I said, I always look at stuff that way at a thrift store and then kind of just forget to when I'm other places. So these cheap baskets are a good start and a nice reminder.

What about you, have you made something bright pink, look farmhousey? ; )Or have you even bought something only to change it?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clearance! Stuff I'd buy for a price I'd pay

Happy Tuesday! We have less than a week until our life changes a bit: we'll have a kindergartner! It blows my mind to think that we're here. I'm so proud of our big kid. She's smart and thoughtful and a sweet friend to those around her. I pray that she's a light in the halls of her new school.

Now switching to decor. I love having a beautiful, comfortable home for my family to spend time in. The hubs works from home, the girls and I are at home, so we're here a lot. But having your house look pretty and be cozy does not have to cost a lot of money.  This part of my blogging is important to me. I do not want anyone to think they can't get the look their going for on their budget. You can.  Over time and with patience and creativity, you can buy things that will give you a more polished, homey look without breaking the bank.

Basically any store I go to, I walk straight to the clearance section to shop. That is the same for online. So, today I've compiled a list of things I'd buy and the clearance prices that I'd pay for them.

This tray from Target for $8.98.

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It would be cute propped against the wall on a dresser layered with a vase or frame in front, or placed on a sofa table with some coasters and remotes or used in the kitchen.

Woah. This leaning desk like the one we made is $48.98 if you want it in turquoise or grey. Ummm yeah I'll take it in turquoise or grey...Geez, what am I? Some kind of fool? : )

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This pillow is super cute. It's pillowfort which is Targets' new kids stuff but I'd use this pillow anywhere. Plus, I think I see pompoms so yeah, this would come home with me very quickly.

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This runner from rugsUSA.com (where I buy most of our rugs) is $44. They have rugs right now at 90% off. AND coupons for 10% off that. (I always search for coupons before I buy something online. You never know...)
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This one is $76 for a 5x8 and vintage looking oriental rugs are really in right now. Here's a post I wrote about incorporating them into your house.

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This isn't super helpful because it says its out of stock online but Hobby Lobby is a place that I always grab clearance stuff for decorating. Or at least don't buy it unless its 50% off that week. This wire longhorn is on clearance from $60 to $12. DEAL. How cute would it look on a gallery wall or over a little boy's dresser? The answer is "very cute".

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This cutie from World Market would go in my cart. In the store. I wouldn't pay shipping on a $2 towel. I just recently went through our kitchen towel supply and threw away some really tired looking towels. And fancy towels make doing dishes 3 times a day a little more tolerable.


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This one because tassels= happiness.

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**These towels are affiliate links but nothing else is. It's all just things I like. Just want to give you a taste of my thriftiness.

I posted this find on my Instagram last week. The basket was on clearance at TJ Maxx for $6 so I grabbed it to use as a planter.
 Add a free print and you've got yourself a very good start to a great, eclectic looking room.
Some other places I shop are Tuesday Morning, Marshalls, Ross, HomeGoods and then just thrift stores. Baskets, lamps and frames are always so easy to find at thrift stores. I hardly shell out money anywhere else for that stuff. Brass accents are easy to find at thrift stores too. I buy flat sheets from Walmart to use as curtains. You can read about that here. And voila, a whole room!
 
I just wanted to give you a little taste of what I look for when I'm out shopping for a space. Good stuff doesn't have to cost a lot of money and good rooms aren't made overnight. At least not rooms in our house...

So are you a clearance browser? An over time decorator? I want to hear about it!

Next week, I'll have pictures of my parents' new house to show you. Can't wait to give you all the details! Thanks for reading, friends.

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